Communication Feature

Safety is the first concern for us

October 2017
Nitesh Gangaramani, Director India, Alfara'a Infraprojects

The construction and infrastructure sectors have always been an indicator of the Indian market scenario, which now looks promising. 'After bagging turnkey projects, we are quite confident and equally excited to dive in deep in this sector and explore similar potential opportunities such as National Highways, mega infrastructure developments, water, wastewater, etc,' says Nitesh Gangaramani, Director India, Alfara'a Infraprojects. He shares more on the company's offerings.

Which sector is currently driving the business for the company, and in which sector do you see most traction?
The residential and commercial building projects have been our major gateways for company revenue, and now, with conducive government policies, the infrastructure and urban transportation sector seems to be much happening for us. We have recently ventured in to sectors such as metro and infrastructure. Going forward, we foresee a lot of positive development happening in urban infrastructure and mass housing.

Brief us about the company's landmark projects.
We have been awarded different types of buildings, infrastructure and metro rail projects with special architectural features and complex designs.

The JNPT SEZ project, spread over 277 hectare, worth Rs 476 crore, comprises construction of all aspects of infrastructure, ie, grade separator, road works, water supply and sanitary works, STP, ESR and GSR, etc.

NBCC's Gujarat Bhawan is a project at New Delhi.
It is a monumental structure, which consist of civil, architectural, MEP and finishing works for VVIP Suits for the Government of Gujarat.

Alfara'a stood lowest in the Pune Metro project for Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation. It consists of civil, architectural and finishes works for nine metro stations for a 9.5-km-reach from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to Shivaji Nagar.

The Commercial Tower for Lodha at New Cuffe Parade is one of the toughest project from an architectural, design and execution point of view. The entire building is enclosed in RCC columns and cross beams like a web, which are being constructed outside the line of regular slab outer surfaces. The construction of such an architectural design is technically challenging due to its height, varying shapes at different levels along with reckli form liner, which gives a unique texture after concreting. Here, the columns were tapered in shape from ground gloor to L3. The concrete used was of M70 Grade and was temperature controlled. The rate of rise was restricted to 3 cu m per hour. We had to utilise both, concrete pump and bucket for pouring of concrete constrained to the irregular shape. Back-propping was required at all levels to take the entire construction load straight to the raft. We had designed and fabricated the climbing system for this project.

All the above mentioned projects are of its own kind and unique in nature in terms of design and architectural point of view.

What safety measures does the company provide for its personnel, and what is the importance given to labour training?
Al Fara'a firmly believes that no part of its business objectives can be carried out effectively or successfully if not performed safely. Hence, safety is the first concern for Alfara'a.

We keep reviewing on an integrated, continual and risk management approach. There are separate site set-ups for safety department at each site, which actively manage and guide the execution of projects with the stipulated safety norms. All labourers undertaking construction work hold an induction evidence before they join the site. General induction provides an opportunity for people working in the industry to gain an understanding of the types of hazards likely to be found on construction sites and the way to manage these.

Tell us about the company's financial performance in 2016-17 and plans for 2017-18.
Our current turnover stands at Rs 600 crore (FY2016-17); we are much positive about crossing Rs 750 crore by 2017-18 with a diversified portfolio comprising of multipurpose buildings, infrastructure, metro, water and hospitality sectors. Our planned organic growth would be instrumental to achieve this milestone.

(Communication by the management of the company)